INVESTIGATION UPDATE: POLICE ARREST JUVENILES IN CONNECTION TO WILTON HOMICIDE

Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police have apprehended two male juvenile suspects in connection to the recent homicide that occurred in the community of Wilton in the area of Ashley Drive (New Castle, DE 19720).

On November 17, 2020 and November 20,2020, Officers and Detectives from the New Castle County Division of Police apprehended both juveniles without incident.

One juvenile is held in lieu of $1,040,000 cash bail.

The second juvenile was released with $21,000 unsecured bail.

Yet another senseless killing of a young man and sadly committed by juveniles who have altered their course of life.  I am grateful that our detectives worked tirelessly to solve this sad case and provide much needed answers to the victim’s family.” said New Castle County Police Chief Colonel Vaughn Bond Jr.

This an active and on-going investigation, detectives from New Castle County Police are searching for additional suspects. The New Castle County Division of Police is asking anyone with video surveillance within that time frame or information regarding this incident to please contact Detective Jennifer Escheman at (302) 395-8110 or Jennifer.Escheman@newcastlede.gov.  Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or IM us on Facebook at New Castle County Police Department.

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NEW CASTLE COUNTY DIVISION OF POLICE MAINTAINS NATIONAL ACCREDITATION

(New Castle, DE 19720) The New Castle County Division of Police was awarded national accreditation on November 13th, 2020 by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc. (CALEA). the division was first accredited in 1988.

Following a multi-year self-assessment phase and a meticulous site-based assessment of community engagement, policy, procedures, equipment and facilities by CALEA assessors, each agency being reviewed, goes before CALEA’s 21-member Board of Commissioners where the commission reviews all findings and determines the agencies’ accreditation status.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual CALEA Conference, where agencies are formally reviewed and awarded in person, was taken online to a virtual format. On Friday November 13, 2020, the CALEA Commission voted to approve reaccreditation of the New Castle County Division of Police. CALEA President Anthony Purcell and Executive Director W. Craig Hartley, Jr. will formally award the division with accreditation, signifying excellence in public safety and commitment to community.

In 1979, the Commission was created through the combined efforts of four major law enforcement organizations; the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, National Sheriffs’ Association and the Police Executive Research Forum.

The purpose of the Commission is to develop standards based on international best practices in public safety, and to establish and administer the accreditation process. The accreditation process is how a public safety agency voluntarily demonstrates how it meets professionally recognized criteria for excellence in management and service delivery.

“This award of accreditation does not come easy,” said CALEA President Anthony Purcell, Chief of Police, University of Alabama at Birmingham Police Department. “Agencies must go through a rigorous review and evaluation of their organization and then implement the necessary policy and procedure changes. The process does not stop at that point. By voluntarily choosing to seek CALEA accreditation, the agency commits to an ongoing review of adherence to CALEA’s standards. Each community with CALEA accredited agencies should be feel confident that their public safety organization is going above and beyond and operating under the highest standards in public safety.

Colonel Vaughn M. Bond, Jr remarked, “I am very proud that the New Castle County Division of Police was awarded this, the Advanced Law Enforcement Re-Accreditation with Excellence. The process is very intense, and this is the second time in a row we have received this high honor.   It shows our commitment to our communities in ensuring our policies and procedures are in line with the best practices in law enforcement. “

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INVESTIGATION UPDATE: POLICE IDENTIFY HOMICIDE VICTIM FROM APPLEBY ESTATES

(New Castle, DE 19720) Saturday, (November 14, 2020) Detectives from New Castle County Police Criminal Investigation Unit are investigating a homicide that took place in the community of Appleby Estates.

As of today (November 16, 2020) the victim has been identified as 25-year-old Qasim Felder.

The New Castle County Division of Police, Criminal Investigation Unit is asking anyone with information regarding this incident to please contact Detective Jeffrey Sendek at (302) 395-8110 or Jeffrey.Sendek@newcastlede.gov.

This is an active and ongoing investigation, and further details will be released when available.

Tipsters may also call Crime Stoppers at (800) TIP-3333 or submit a tip through our New Castle County Police App, or IM us on Facebook at New Castle County Police.

If you or someone you know is a victim or witness of a crime or have lost a loved one to a sudden death and are in need of assistance, the New Castle County Division of Police Victim Services Unit is available to offer you support and resources through (302)-395-8000.

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